The euphoria of the Bruins’ seven-game triumph against the Toronto Maple Leafs hasn’t completely left the dressing room at TD Garden.
But three days since Boston rallied from three goals down to beat the Maple Leafs and advance to the series that starts Thursday night against the New York Rangers, the Bruins are just about ready to point their attentions to the future from the past.
“Yeah, I mean, it’s still there. It’s still buzzing around,” Bruins forward Tyler Seguin said about the excitement from Game 7 when asked after the morning skate Thursday. “I mean, the guys, there’s a definite happiness, but also I guess a focus that comes with it. We want to know that we’re taking the momentum from Game 7 and how we played and we want to also take it, but also look past it and now that we have a quick turnaround here, we have to find a whole new level of excitement to get ready for Game 1 and a brand-new series. Because in the end it doesn’t really matter what happened before.”
The Bruins know they have to play better than they did against Toronto and do more to get by the Rangers.
“You’d like to think so. But that’s behind us now,’ Bruins forward Shawn Thornton said about learning from the Maple Leafs series. “I’m going to focus on this series. … I’m going to keep focusing on the Rangers. It was a very emotional win, but that was a few days ago. We’ve got a job to do here. But hopefully the inconsistency is gone. Hopefully we can be a little better all the way throughout.”